How to Get Into BIOS on an Intel Motherboard

by Ruri Ranbe

The basic input/output system (BIOS) on an Intel motherboard controls how the hardware devices connected to the board operate. The BIOS also checks the status of the hardware on boot to confirm that all devices are functional and is responsible for initializing the boot-strapping process. You can access the BIOS at startup to change the hardware configuration on the Intel motherboard. Depending on the motherboard model, the BIOS allows you to enable or disable devices, change the boot device or order, increase or decrease CPU frequency and other options.

1

Power on or restart the computer.

2

Press "F2" when the Intel logo appears on-screen to enter the BIOS.

3

Push "Ctrl-Alt-Del" to reboot if the computer begins to load Windows before loading setup. Press "F2" the moment the message "BIOS Settings: <F2>" appears on-screen.

Tip

  • If the Intel motherboard is installed in another manufacturer's computer, such as Lenovo or ASUS, the PC manufacturer's logo may appear on-screen during the boot process, rather than Intel's.

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About the Author

Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.

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